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Viscount Castlereagh

(1769—1822) politician

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Act of Union

Overview page. Subjects: European History.

1801.

United the parliaments of Great Britain and Ireland, abolished the Irish Parliament in Dublin, and ended Irish legislative independence granted in 1782. The Act originated...

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Alexander Knox

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(1757–1831),

Church of Ireland layman and theologian. Largely self‐taught, Knox was much influenced in his early life by John Wesley, with whom his family was intimate. However,...

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Cato Street Conspiracy

Overview page. Subjects: World History — British History.

A plot to murder Lord Liverpool's cabinet at dinner in February 1820 was led by Arthur Thistlewood, a follower of the agrarian communist Thomas Spence. The plotters were betrayed by a...

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Congress of Vienna

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

1814–15.

Napoleon's abdication in April 1814 was followed by a preliminary settlement, the first treaty of Paris, which restored the Bourbon monarchy, returned most of France's...

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Congress system

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

Formally set up by article VI of the Quadruple Alliance, signed with the second treaty of Paris (20 November 1815). It had been foreshadowed in the treaty of Chaumont of March 1815, when...

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Downshire

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Title of the Hill family, major landowners in Co. Down, with smaller properties at Blessington, Co. Wicklow, and Edenderry, King's County. Moyses Hill (d. 1630), a landless west...

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duelling

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The first duel in Canada took place in 1646. In the next 200 years about 300 incidents were reported, ranging from challenges not accepted to actual swordplay or gunfire. Duels ...

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Duke of Wellington

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(1769–1852)

British soldier and Tory statesman, Prime Minister (1828–30; 1834). Born in Ireland, he served as commander of British forces in the Peninsular War, winning a series of...

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France, relations with

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

From the Norman Conquest of 1066 England was involved in a series of French wars arising out of the continental possessions (and claims) of the Norman and still more of ...

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Frederick John Robinson Goderich, 1st Viscount

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(1782–1859).

Prime minister. Educated at Harrow and St John's College, Cambridge, Goderich sat as a moderate Tory for Carlow in 1806 and for Ripon, 1807–27. He held a number of...

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